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A Winter wedding in New England can be great fun with great light and great people. Stephanie and Michael are just those folks. They came my way as many clients do from referrals through another wedding–Steph was the maid of honor in a wedding I photographed last year. She watched us work that day and loved the images so when she called it was so exciting for me since that group of tight friends were so sweet and loved a good time like nobody else.
They had a great day/night planned for their Winter wedding that was all centered in downtown Providence, RI. We started at the Biltmore getting ready and its classical interior styling that harkens back to great days of old. Next up was a majestic mass at the First Unitarian Church of Providence timed perfectly as the thin Winter sun just started to reach Golden Hour gorgeousness as we exited the ceremony. We were further aided by some mix up with the limos that gave us extra time to craft some epic shots while transport was arranged. There are always silver linings–you just have to take advantage of them.
The reception was in the epicenter of downtown at Cafe Nuovo in Citizens Plaza. The main dining room offered 180 degree views of the urban environment and dancing was in the bar area. One thing that Stephanie and Michael arranged that really made for some spectacular photos was having their first dance in the dining room area amidst the tables and ambiance of that space. They rocked well into the night squeezing every bit out of Cafe Nuovo’s grandeur before heading for some late night karaoke at the Boombox.
Stephanie and Mike had a smile on the whole day and their gentle go-with-the-flow attitudes were a perfect balance to the party animals they were throughout. It’s so much fun when things come together like this–I was just wishing for a flake or two of snow to complete this Winter wedding but happy again that it never materialized as a made my 2 hour drive home very late that night. Silver linings.
Caterer/Venue: Cafe Nuovo
Entertainment: Unique Sounds – DJ Jon Smith
Event Planner: Nikki Phillips
Linens and chairs: Quality Rental
Florist: Heritage Flowers
The year that was ended the same way for us at DMPJ as the previous year with a gorgeous, snow covered New Year’s Eve wedding celebration for two beautiful people. Mozoltov to Sarah and Noah–what a great way to begin a life together.
It is one thing I really push for in the colder months that my couples try to brave the cold and elements. This gives their wedding another dimension from the interior shots–usually taken with added light from our speedlights.
I always say to my couples not to worry about Mother Nature since she has her own plan but shiny, wet walkways and streets reflect so much light that when mixed with the artificial sources of the street lamps and storefronts contribute so much to the overall image. Anyone of my couples who have done an engagement shoot with us will tell you that we love taking advantage of the city lights.
A big “thank you” to the GM at the Lenox that got us on the roof-top. It was one of those things that was promised to Sarah and Noah but it took the GM to make it happen at the last minute.
There is nothing like New Year’s Eve in the city. Last year we were down in Providence, Rhode Island for a 400 person fest at the convention center after a blizzard dumped a foot of snow on us all day. It was nice to have this wedding right here in town and thank you to Winter for providing the right form of precipitation sprinkled just lightly enough to make all things pretty.
We had Chris Gagne shooting 5D MII video and it is his sweet and cheap, ah inexpensive, SIMA LED that gives these last two shots the perfect light. I’m becoming of real fan of these lights for still photography and plan to make the investment to the more expensive but simply better Litepanels brand.
Getting back to the video for a second we are experimenting with fusion products to find the right mix for out style.
We are busy following a tremendous 1-1/2 month trip to India. Michael and I ran a very successful VR workshop in the slums of Mumbai with the help of the organization CORO for Literacy and their incredible staff. Asha and I finished up the year traveling with the girls in south India as most of you have already seen on our facebook pages. There is a post coming for our Traveling Family Circus blog soon.
So this is how the year begins with Winter all around us and 2010 weddings piling up. Visual Reportage is planning our annual Guatemala sojourn and NESoP is giving Michael and I the go for a reportage on Detroit with 16 of our best and brightest students this March. Asha and I are resting up for the official start of another wedding season sometime in late March.
What I think is best at this point is to just say peace to you all this coming new year and new decade. Let’s hope it can end and begin for us all like is did for Sarah and Noah.
Michael and Niveen couldn’t have just one wedding. Some with family split on opposite coasts and from all over the World they celebrated twice. Once in the Boston area at the Lyman Estate and the other 10 months later in sunny Santa Barbara, California. For a photojournalist like myself, I was just psyched to photograph these two people (great people), two cultures coming together and just tons of friends and family.
First up was the Lyman Estate on a wicked cold New England winter night in January that made for some spectacular visual imagery of their Pakistani wedding ceremony and reception. Then, it was off to Santa Barbara for a beautiful beach ceremony and crazy outdoor California reception amongst the palm trees of the West Coast.